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30th Aug 2010, 4:42 PM in A Beautiful Line

We Sparkle in the Sunlight!

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C. Glen Williams 30th Aug 2010, 4:42 PM edit delete
If you haven't read any of the works of the great Hal Clement, you owe it to yourself.

Somewhere, squirreled away in stacks of notebooks that I haven't had time to go through for longer than I care to think of, is a piece of paper that is signed, "Henry C. Stubbs (aka Hal Clement)." I ran into him at a science fiction convention when I was a little kid, convinced that one day I would grow up to be a science fiction author, myself. He was on a panel on writing that I attended.

I admit that I didn't know who he was heading into the panel -- I was there to try to weasel advice out of Allen L. Wold, who had written my favorite stories in the Blood of Ten Chiefs anthologies. But I left the convention with the fond memory of hearing Hal Clement hold forth on science fiction -- in particular "hard" science fiction -- through two panels and a 90-minute discussion with my father.

Hal Clement passed away in his sleep, October, 2003.

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